The University of Melbourne

Master of Public Health



University Location Melbourne, Victoria
City Population 5.3 million
Student Population 54,000
Int'l Student Population 23,760
Main Campus Parkville (Melbourne)
Program Campus Parkville
Program Duration 2 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $55,552 AUD (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February & July
Next Available Intake July 2024
Application Deadline Variable*
International Places Variable / no set limit


The Master of Public Health at University of Melbourne will prepare you toward a future career as a leader in public health and health care. It is ideal for graduates with a record of academic achievement who gain satisfaction knowing that they are working to improve the lives of others and who aspire to leadership roles in public health.

The University of Melbourne has recently conducted an intensive two-year review of the MPH core subject curriculum and have made some exciting new changes to the MPH core subjects. Within the review, Melbourne consulted employers and staff, reviewed graduate student feedback and benchmarked against MPH offerings around the world. As a result, the university has developed an novel new core subject, “Planning and Prioritizing in Public Health” that is focused on practical public health workplace skills.

This course is delivered in a mixed attendance mode (both on campus and online).


The Master of Public Health has three components:

1. Core Component
The core component includes up to six subjects that will provide you with a rigorous, multidisciplinary foundation in public health theory and practice, that is essential to all aspects of public health practice.

2. Specialist Component
The specialist component offers you the opportunity to focus on one or more key fields in public health and gain the skills and knowledge required for practice in the area. Melbourne’s Master of Public Health specialized areas:

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Evaluation and Implementation Science
  • Gerontology
  • Global Health
  • Health, Gender and Society
  • Health Economics and Economic Evaluation
  • Health Policy, Systems and Practice
  • Indigenous Health
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Sexual Health
  • MD-MPH (Restricted Entry Program)

3. Capstone Experience
The capstone experience will offer you the opportunity to consolidate your specialist training and apply the knowledge gained in the course to real-world scenarios. You may apply to undertake a research project with an expert in their field; a professional practice placement with a recognized agency, institution or community organization concerned with health; or capstone selective subjects.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree 
You must have a completed undergraduate degree in any discipline with a weighted average mark of at least 2.0/4.0 (approximately 65% +).

2. Curriculum Vitae
A current Curriculum Vitae or resume detailing public health and health-related work experience (if any).

In ranking applications, the selection committee will consider prior academic performance and when relevant, health-related work experience. Successful applicants with an appropriate professional health-related degree or work experience may be granted advanced standing. Please contact OzTREKK for more information.

Admission Timeline

*You are encouraged to apply a minimum of 6 months in advance of your preferred intake.